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 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Case of suspected heroin dealer proceeds

Public Defender Eric Hedland, representing 20-year-old Christafur Morrell, was recently denied a Motion to Suppress evidence by Superior Court Judge William Carey. Morrell was indicted by a Grand Jury in early July on two charges of Misconduct Involv... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Police chief gets advanced training at FBI National Academy

Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart is participating in an exclusive training opportunity with the FBI National Academy (NA) this fall. Swihart described it as "a total immersion into leadership... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Public says 'no' to pesticide use, Assembly discusses new radios for public safety personnel

A few issues sparked a lively discussion among assembly members and the public at Monday’s regular meeting. Four residents spoke out against the use of herbicides and pesticides to be sprayed by the state in the area. The assembly discussed the...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Petersburg group embarks on international service project

Lizzie Thompson began dreaming up a service project to participate in with her daughter, Kate, when Kate was still a baby. "I decided that when she was old enough to participate in and feel empowered...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Who gets what? Assembly considers public services and service areas

Two issues related to public services and service areas surfaced at Monday’s regular assembly meeting. Assembly member Bob Lynn introduced a motion to table an ordinance, on its second reading, to transfer traffic codes from the former City of...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Begich receives ANB/ANS Grand Camp endorsement

After hearing from incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich and his opponent, Republican candidate Dan Sullivan, at the ANB/ANS Grand Camp last Friday, the Native organization endorsed Begich. Both... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Weaver detained in Anchorage, awaits arraignment

Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, awaits an arraignment and status of counsel hearing in Anchorage after the U.S. Marshal's service transferred him from Tacoma, Wash. where he was arrested in late August. Weaver was indicted by a Grand Jury on... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    October 16, 2014

Locals get moving for a cancer cure

Runners and walkers turned out en masse for the 15th Annual Beat the Odds Race for a Cure on a drizzly Saturday morning. Marlene Cushing, co-chair of the Beat the Odds committee, said she estimates... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Official municipal election results unchanged

While political hopefuls for the statewide election in November were addressing residents and ANB/ANS delegates last Friday, Borough Assembly members met in a special session to canvass and certify the municipal election held Oct. 7. Of ten absentee...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Parnell talks political priorities in Petersburg

A host of politicians and political hopefuls were in town last week to speak at the ANB/ANS Grand Camp and many arranged meet-and-greets with community members as well. Among them was Republican...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 9, 2014

Financial disclosure for local officials, tobacco tax pass in Tuesday's election

Though local public officials have been exempt from doing so in the past, they will now have to file financial disclosure statements in accordance with state statute. According to the preliminary results released by the borough, just 31 votes... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

Senior sales tax changes dominate borough ballot

Petersburg voters will head to the polls Oct. 7 to weigh in on seven propositions, the majority of which would impose stricter limitations on the senior sales tax exemption currently in place. The current municipal code exempts individuals 65 years... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

Making sisters out of strangers:

Long-time Petersburg residents Joey Doyle and Beth Richards were small-town strangers before an unlikely event brought them together last year. "I kind of knew who she was, but we had never really... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

Death of local man brings two communities together

Petersburg resident Dennis D. Moore, 32, was found dead by an apparent gunshot wound in his Second Street apartment last Saturday afternoon. Police showed up to Moore's apartment in response to a 911...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

PIA's E-waste program recycles 15,000 pounds of local electronics

Petersburg Indian Association’s first-ever e-waste program sent 15,000 pounds – a full 40-foot shipping container – of electronics to Seattle to be recycled. The program ran June 30 to Aug. 30 and offered locals free disposal of unwanted...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

TAC members look at social impact of old-growth transition

The Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) heard presentations from Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials and discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with an impending transition to young-growth forest management...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

Steller sea lion decline: Pinniped expert presents recent research

Marine mammal expert Kate Wynne presented at Rainforest Festival in Petersburg Sept. 6 on a topic that affects all coastal Alaskan communities: sea lions and harbor seals. Wynne works with the Alaska...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014

Early moose season numbers higher than average

Twenty-six moose were reported taken in the first week of the season that opened on Sept. 15. The numbers from the first week are higher than average. ADFG biologist Rich Lowell said that on average 21 moose are taken in the first week and last year...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

Just behind Rae C. Stedman Elementary School a large garden teeming with life offers students and community members a new classroom for learning. The School + Community Garden is comprised of a...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

The School + Community Garden that thrives behind the Rae C. Stedman Elementary School does so this year thanks in part to the first-ever Sprouts program. Five high-energy youngsters participated in...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

When Father Thomas Weise returned to his apartment at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church after a trip to Wrangell last winter, he was greeted by a chilly sight. "I came home from Wrangell and...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

More Petersburg homes than ever will be warmed by heat pumps this winter. These appliances have been gaining popularity as rising crude oil prices in the past five years have motivated home and...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

Kake power intertie features at SE Conference

A Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) project update was given during this week's Southeast Conference held in Wrangell. The KPI includes a proposed electrical transmission line that would connect Kake to a SEAPA (Southeast Alaska Power Agency) substation... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

SE pink harvest higher than projected

Fishermen are ending this summer's pink salmon season 10 million over the projected harvest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADFG) harvest forecast was 22 million pinks and fishermen hauled in 32 million. Sitka-based ADFG biologist Dan... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

September proves to be a big month for small business changes

While one Main Street business closed its doors this month, two other businesses celebrated a small-business merger of sorts just down the road. Main Street shoppers said goodbye to Brenda Norheim's...

 

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